Back in December, I posted a short analysis of eveland and Cgon, putting up the possibility of Haren trade being Mulder trade part II with eveland and Cgon being the new Haren and barton in the trade. see link.
The gist of the conventional wisdom at AN during that time was Eveland is fat and has some pretty good minor league numbers, but his major league numbers suck.
However, he has been pretty lights out in spring training and people are starting to take notice. He'll likely become the A's fifth starter, and if he carries on his spring training numbers into the regular season, he'll be a pretty damn good fifth starter.
1.20 ERA in 15 innings over four starts. "He just goes after hitters with a good fastball," outfielder Ryan Sweeney says. "And he has a really good front-door slider to left-handed batters."
And as I mentioned in my december post, he pitched well in the Mexican League. His recent numbers have been outstanding although they haven't exactly been in the regular season of the major leagues.
I personally think Eveland is going to shine this year. Not quite the ace, but good enough to make the Haren trade look brilliant.
So I have attached a poll here for you guys.
How good will Dana Eveland be this year?
Ace and ptching in the All-Star game. Spring Training was just a preview (6 votes)
The Next Joe Blanton (40 votes)
Bust. Will fall out of starting rotation (1 vote)
Typical #5 starter, has his good games and his bad games. Mostly bad games. (20 votes)
#3 starter quality. Maybe ERA around 4.50 (86 votes)
Not quite an Ace, but still brilliant. (25 votes)
Other. write below (5 votes)
183 total votes